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Roosevelt Hotel
L.A. Historic-Cultural Monument  #545
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Location: 7000 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Coordinates: 34°10′13″N 118°34′17″W / 34.17028°N 118.57139°W / 34.17028; -118.57139
Built/Founded: 1927
Designated as LAHCM: 1991[1]
Governing body: private

The Roosevelt Hotel is a historic Spanish-style hotel located at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. Named after Theodore Roosevelt and financed by a group including Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and Louis B. Mayer, it first opened its doors on May 15, 1927. It cost $2.5 million to complete this twelve-story building which holds 300 rooms and suites. It is now managed by Thompson Hotels.

Following a major renovation in 2005 which was overseen by Dodd Mitchell, The Roosevelt has been more prominently featured in films and in Hollywood nightlife. There has been a recent surge in popularity within young Hollywood in the last few years, thanks to trendy nightclub Teddy's, which is located in the main lobby of the hotel.[2][3]

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Place in Hollywood History

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel hosted the presentation of the 1st Academy Awards in 1929 inside its Blossom ballroom. Later ceremonies were much larger than this banquet for 250, so there was never an attempt to host the awards at the hotel a second time.

Marilyn Monroe was a resident at the Hollywood Roosevelt for two years when her modeling career took off. Her first magazine shoot was taken on the diving board on the pool behind the hotel, which was recently removed. The hotel's remodeled pool contains an underwater mural painted by David Hockney.[4]

The long-running television series This Is Your Life hosted by Ralph Edwards originated at the hotel for much of its history.[citation needed]

Alleged hauntings

Marilyn Monroe stayed in suite 246 which overlooked the pool side. A mirror which once hung in her room, now in storage following hotel renovations, is thought to be haunted by her spirit. A number of people also claim to have seen her ghost dancing in the ballroom of the hotel.

Montgomery Clift, who lived at the Roosevelt for three months while filming From Here to Eternity (1953), is said to haunt his old room, 928.[5] People claim to hear him playing his bugle and see him walking the hallways of the 8th floor. [6]

The hotel in popular culture

Notable residents (past and present)

Clark Gable and Carole Lombard paid five dollars a night for their penthouse;[5] it is now named the Gable & Lombard Penthouse. There is also a Marilyn Monroe Suite at the hotel.

Other notable residents and guests of the hotel have included Ryan Adams[7], Ryan Avery, Lew Ayres, Clara Bow, Charlie Chaplin, Kirsten Dunst, Douglas Fairbanks, Errol Flynn, Judy Garland, Topher Grace, Cary Grant, Johnny Grant,[8] Jake Gyllenhaal, Hugh Hefner, Paris Hilton, Scarlett Johansson, Al Jolson, Harold Lloyd, Lindsay Lohan, Eva Longoria, Courtney Love, Mary Martin, Eva Mendes, Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn Manson, David Niven, Chris Jericho, Mary Pickford, Prince, Nicole Richie, Bill Robinson, Will Rogers, Frank Sinatra, Will Smith, Gloria Swanson, Elizabeth Taylor, Shirley Temple, Bruce Willis, Christopher Bennett, Miranda Cosgrove, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.

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Preceded by
No previous Academy Awards
Venues of Oscars
1929
Succeeded by
The Ambassador Hotel
Los Angeles

Coordinates: 34°06′05″N 118°20′30″W / 34.101322°N 118.341744°W / 34.101322; -118.341744

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